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Power To The People - Volkswagen To Become Electric Supplier

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The Volkswagen Group is establishing a company for energy offerings and charging solutions - and aiming to be a global dominator in 'sustainable mobility'.

Elli Group GmbH with headquarters in Berlin is to develop products and services connected with energy and charging for the brands of the Group.

Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen brand Board Member responsible for E-Mobility, told ThisWeekinFM: “Volkswagen is going to force the pace of the urgently needed transport and energy transition to emission-neutral e-mobility. The new company will play its part with energy offerings from renewable sources and smart charging solutions. This way, we are entering a strategically relevant, extremely exciting business area that offers considerable opportunities for strengthening ties with existing customers as well as accessing entirely new customer groups.”

Thorsten Nicklaß, designated CEO of Elli, announced that the new Volkswagen Group company would also offer to customers outside the Group green power from renewable sources that was 100 per cent CO2-neutral. Nicklaß, formerly CEO of the Digital Energy Solutions joint venture, said: “Our mission is to take e-mobility out of its niche and to place it firmly in the mainstream."

 

Electric Life

The name Elli stands for electric life, said Nicklaß: "Because we intend to enable a lifestyle that fully integrates the electric car in people’s everyday lives. This approach could be compared with the use of a mobile phone, which is taken for granted nowadays.”

 

Energy management system

The company will gradually be building up a portfolio of intelligent power tariffs, wallboxes and charging stations as well as an IT-based energy management system. Nicklaß explained: “We will be creating a seamless, sustainable ecosystem that addresses the main applications and provides answers to all the energy questions raised by electric car users and fleet operators.

"Up to the market launch of the Volkswagen ID, the first model based on the modular electric toolkit, in 2020, the company will successively roll out a large number of solutions that private and commercial e-mobility customers need now and in the future - ranging from hardware to charging, additional digital services and complete advice packages."

 

Company car parks

With Elli, Volkswagen will be intensively involved in charging at destinations such as company car parks. This will include the expansion of charging stations at Volkswagen’s own employee car parks from 1,000 today to more than 5,000 by 2020 and the equipment of all 4,000 dealers and service partners in the EU with several charging possibilities, also by 2020.

Picture: Volkswagen will not only introduce fully electric vehicles, the company has entered the charging point market with a vow to utilise only sustainably produced electricity.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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